Meaning of BENCHMARK in English

BENCHMARK

I. ˈbench-ˌmärk noun

Date: circa 1842

1. usually bench mark : a mark on a permanent object indicating elevation and serving as a reference in topographic surveys and tidal observations

2.

a. : a point of reference from which measurements may be made

b. : something that serves as a standard by which others may be measured or judged

c. : a standardized problem or test that serves as a basis for evaluation or comparison (as of computer system performance)

II. transitive verb

Date: 1972

: to study (as a competitor's product or business practices) in order to improve the performance of one's own company

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.